sometimes much more. Leaves 3-10cm long, obovate to oblanceolate or spathulate. Panicle spikes l-4cm long, dense, composed of four to eight spikelets percm Flowers pale pink, 5-7mm long, two to five per spikelet. Mediterranean region, in salt marshes. Varying in leaf shape, presence or absence of sterile branches in the panicles, length of flower spikes, etc., six subspecies being recognised.